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Geronimo
     

Geronimo

by Shannon McNally
 
There is an art to making music that sounds effortless, and Shannon McNally, along with an all-star cast of musicians and producer/instrumentalist Charlie Sexton at the wheel, has achieved it with just her second release: Geronimo. The 12-track follow-up to 2002’s Jukebox Sparrows (which earned her comparisons to Mick Jagger, no less) is a collection of

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There is an art to making music that sounds effortless, and Shannon McNally, along with an all-star cast of musicians and producer/instrumentalist Charlie Sexton at the wheel, has achieved it with just her second release: Geronimo. The 12-track follow-up to 2002’s Jukebox Sparrows (which earned her comparisons to Mick Jagger, no less) is a collection of what McNally calls North American ghost music. The bluesy roots-rock vibe is infused with Native American rhythms, and McNally channels the moxie of outlaw/dissidents like Waylon Jennings and Woody Guthrie through her husky, limber wails. “Miracle Mile” will bring out your inner road-trippin’ rebel, with its churning, honky-tonk piano riffs, courtesy of Ian McLagan (the Faces, the Rolling Stones). And “The Hard Way” outright rocks with driving guitars and snappy, spat-out lyrics with spot-on end rhymes. But perhaps the most affecting song in this collection is the quietest: “Leave Your Bags by the Door,” which features a gentle, guitar-picked counterpoint to a vocal that sounds as unassuming, and vital, as breathing itself.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
While Shannon McNally's 2002 debut Jukebox Sparrows had promising stretches, it also opted too much for middle of the road, adult-ish pop
ock. 2005's Geronimo arrives via Back Porch, a Capitol boutique imprint that also carries mature acts like the BoDeans and Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez, so there's an adult quality to this one, too. But it's a huge step forward stylistically, punching up the country influences and humid barroom swagger that simmered beneath Jukebox's too-clean surface, and letting the smoky ends of McNally's syllables linger over the warmth of acoustic guitars, standup bass, Hammond B3, and pedal-steel. The title track has a great, mournful echo about it, like Paula Frazer's songs, and her laconic cover of Bobby Charles' "Tennessee Blues" nods to the record's New Orleans recording sessions. (Not to mention the Band overtones coursing through most of it.) The urgent "Hard Way" has a Little Feat feel, and "Leave Your Bags by the Door" is the album's tender moment, a dusky love theme awash in pump organ and McNally's hushed delivery. It also features some of her strongest lyrics. McNally really has something with Geronimo. It's a record of a piece with peers like Shivaree, because McNally understands that pain, mystery, and storytelling aren't part of a formula.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
She's irresistible.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Barry Gilbert
[Grade: A] McNally is by turn tough and tender, laid back and defiant, and her second CD is a rootsy triumph of rock, country and soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2005
Label:
Back Porch
UPC:
0724347726927
catalogNumber:
77269

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Performance Credits

Shannon McNally   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Sexton   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Pump Organ,Bazouki,6-string bass,Lap Steel Guitar,Tambo Drums,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Vocal Harmony,Guitar (Baritone)
Ian McLagan   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Hammond B3
Courtney Audain   Triangle,Shaker,talking drum,Tambo Drums
Tony Garnier   Bass,Bass Guitar,Double Bass,Upright Bass
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Mando-Guitar,Weissenborn
Raymond Weber   Percussion,Drums
Tony Hall   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Taj Mahal   Composer
Charlie Sexton   Audio Production
Bobby Charles   Composer
Anthony Krizan   Composer
Greg Leisz   Composer
Jared Tuten   Engineer
Will Sexton   Composer
John Ginty   Composer
Shannon McNally   Composer
Meghan Dewar   Art Direction
Robert Neureither   Illustrations
Gabriel Unger   Management

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